We pour our heart and soul into our work, creating outstanding wines that are sought after around the world.

The Winery

The team at Nugan Estate are dedicated to producing premium wines from specially selected vineyards located in the Riverina, King Valley, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra regions.

Nugan Estate is committed to minimising their carbon footprint by adopting several environmentally sustainable practices. Uniquely designed, the entire winery is indoors minimalising the environmental impacts and reducing temperature fluctuations. The Barrel Cave, a semi-underground storage space for barrels, controls and holds temperature throughout the year. Nugan Estate are dedicated to this cause, filtering their own water for use in the winery. Waste water is then recycled and used in the garden. As a family owned and operated company, the goal is to build a sustainable company for future generations.

The “Nugan Estate” range of wines uses only the highest quality grapes from Australia’s finest wine growing regions. Dedicated to the European family history, The Alfredo Series embodies a passion for traditional Italian winemaking techniques and styles. The Cookoothama range provides quality wines that consistently over deliver on value. The Personality Series is a premium Single Vineyard range encapsulating the characters and history of Nugan Estate. Talinga Park and Third Generation ranges, take advantage of Nugan Estate’s premium wine making practices, providing the consumer with superior quality wines at an amazing price.

The Nugan Estate team are dedicated and proud global distributers with our wines not only found across Australia but also in many countries around the world.

Nugan Estate has been recognised as one of Australia’s best Winemakers having been awarded 44 trophies, and over 1,500 medals, which includes 207 gold medals. The family passion for producing quality products remains strong and Nugan Estate continues to be a true Australian success story and a thriving business.

The Winemaker

Chief Winemaker, Daren Owers, started his journey at Nugan Estate in 1996, just three days after completing his Food Science degree at the University of Western Sydney. Daren started as a lab technician in a Nugan family related company, and in 2002 took on the challenging task of Chief Winemaker at Nugan Estate. Since then, Daren has continued to create Nugan Estate wines of the highest quality.

Family Matriarch Michelle Nugan, instilled in Daren a strong work ethic, clear focus and the expectation of excellence. As a result, Daren has achieved quite the Trophy Cabinet with 44 Trophies and 1,500 medals, which includes 204 gold medals awarded both Nationally and Internationally. Daren has received widespread recognition for his winemaking skills, including The Wine Society’s Young Winemaker of the Year (Members Choice) in 2004 and more recently becoming an AWAC Scholar, awarded Dux (Equal) of AWAC #28 in 2009. He remains focused on crafting the wines of great finesse, showcasing true regionality from each vineyard.

Daren sees winemaking as his art and considers himself a lucky man, dabbling with the best of both worlds. Daren articulates the art and science of winemaking with elegance and ease, saying the best wines are made vine by vine, berry by berry.

Barrel Cave

The monumental Nugan Estate Barrel Cave was built to the inspiring vision of Michelle Nugan in 2001. Every single remarkable element in this space, from the treatment of the floor, the roughed up concrete pillars to the grand and striking huge double doors were built specifically to design.

The structure of the Barrel Cave, situated underground in the main building of Nugan Estate, provide a naturally temperature-controlled space. This area acts as an excellent storage facility for our premium wines while they undergo maturation in quality French and American oak barrels. This stunning space is a testament to the wines and the hard work that is put into every drop.


The Cookoothama vineyard is located on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River in the beautiful Riverina.

King Valley

Located on the northern slopes of Victoria’s Great Dividing Range is cool climate King Valley. Long, warm Summer days and cool nights produce fruit of optimum ripeness and flavour.


Coonawarra, renowned as the home of Australia’s best Cabernet Sauvignon with its unique Terra Rossa soil.

Langhorne Creek

The wind coming off Lake Alexandrina maintains the cool maritime climate in Langhorne Creek.

McLaren Vale

The birthplace of wine in South Australia, with a Mediterranean climate and free draining soils. Perfect for the production of high quality Shiraz.